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Cardiocrinum Genus

Giant lily

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterSemi-moist


Cardiocrinum genus (Giant lily). This genus consists of summer-flowering, lily-like bulbs, which are grown for their spectacular flowers. They are frost hardy and will need partial shade in deep humus-rich, moist soil. You will need to plant the bulbs just below the soil surface in the autumn. Make sure you water well in the summer and mulch with humus. After flowering the main bulb will die, but will produce offsets. You can propagate by seeds in the autumn or winter and they will then flower in about 7 years.


Perennials, Shrubs


Japan, China

Interest and use

Grown for their spectacular flowers.


Plant bulbs just below soil surface, in autumn. After flowering, main bulb dies, but produces offsets.


Offsets in autumn (to produce flowers in up to 5 years); may also be propagated by seed in autumn or winter and will then flower in 7 years.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slug damage

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